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Large queues for Scotland Comic Con sci-fi conference

image captionThe event at the SECC in Glasgow saw fans turning up in full costume

Thousands of sci-fi fans have faced long queues at a comic convention held in Glasgow on Saturday.

The MCM Scotland Comic Con included appearances from actor Warwick Davis, who was in Harry Potter and Star Wars, and Bruce Boxleitner from Babylon 5.

From mid-morning, hundreds of people, some in full sci-fi costume, queued along the Clyde outside the SECC.

image captionThe queue for the Comic Con snaked along the Clyde for parts of the day

Organisers said there was unprecedented demand. Next year the event will be held over two days.

John Sharkey, chief executive of the SECC, said: "The queues went all the way to the Hilton Garden Inn [formerly the City Inn].

"This is the first time we've held this event and the organisers weren't very sure how successful it would be. We've had massive interest which has been great."

About 20,000 people attended Comic Con. Mr Sharkey said no-one was turned away but the last 300 people in the queue were given free entry, as they got in for just over an hour.

At one point, for about 15 minutes, the SECC operated a one-in, one-out policy.

Mr Sharkey added: "It was absolutely remarkable. It massively exceeded expectations.

"The visitors were an absolute pleasure to have. We are looking forward to the event being a regular part of the SECC."

Comic Con will also be held in a larger hall at the SECC next year.